Russian tourist killed in motorbike crash in Phuket prompts wet road caution

Picture courtesy of Phuket News.

Phuket rescue workers issued a warning to motorists to be cautious and reduce their speed on wet roads after a fatal motorbike accident in Kata involving a Russian man earlier today following sporadic rainfall on the island.

The accident report, issued by the Ruamjai Kupai Foundation rescue service, was shared on Facebook at 3.30am. While the exact time and location of the accident involving the Russian tourist were not specified, first responders from the rescue service were present at the scene in the village of Kata, Tambon Karon, located on Phuket’s west coast. The identity of the deceased has not been disclosed.

The report stated…

“Car accident. A tourist from Russia lost control (presumably of a motorcycle), went off the road and crashed into an obstacle in the Kata area. The driver died at the scene of the accident. We ask road users to exercise caution when driving in the rain.”

So far, Karon Police have not publicly commented on the incident involving the Russian man. However, they were present at the scene of the accident, which appears to have taken place on Patak Road according to photos posted on social media. No official agencies have reported the accident as of now.

The Thai Road Safety Committee (ThaiRSC) has not yet included this accident in their statistics. Their current data report no fatalities from road accidents in Phuket either today or yesterday. As of the beginning of the year, there have been 59 deaths in Phuket due to road accidents, equating to one death approximately every two days. This figure shows an increase compared to the same period in 2022 when there were 36 recorded fatalities.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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